At Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute, you get a quick, accurate diagnosis. Fortunately, individuals with bladder cancer often detect it early by noticing blood in the urine. Our expert team confirms the presence of cancer as promptly as possible, so we can begin treatment. The earlier we diagnose bladder cancer and begin treatment, the higher the chances of a successful treatment.
At the Cancer Institute, we use sophisticated technology to diagnose bladder cancer. You can expect the diagnosis process to be:
In order to diagnose the cancer, a urologist (specialist in diseases of the urinary tract) will conduct a physical exam and discuss your symptoms. The most common symptom of bladder cancer is noticing blood in your urine. A physician may also detect bladder cancer with a routine urinalysis (test of the urine) during a physical.
Our diagnostic tests include:
Our team uses leading-edge technology to detect bladder cancer and to determine its stage. The stage of the cancer refers to how advanced it is and if it has spread. We may perform these diagnostic tests to pinpoint the stage:
You meet with your entire care team shortly after receiving your diagnosis. Our treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, intravesical therapy (where we inject medication directly into the bladder), or combination therapy (a combination of two or more treatment methods). Find out more about our approach to treating bladder cancer.